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Week 5: Why not bring back Brett Favre?

October 3, 2013 - Matt Wellens

With the likes of Tom Brady in New England, Peyton Manning in Denver, Drew Brees in New Orleans and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay all under center in the NFL, plus up-and-comers Russell Wilson of Seattle, Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and the Colts’ Andrew Luck, you could say the NFL is in a golden age of quarterbacks.

Even the next tier of QBs in Matthew Stafford of the Lions, the Cowboys’ Tony Romo and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan are excellent players.

There’s one group, however, that seems to be tarnishing the position in the NFL these days, and that’s the bottom rung.

I’m talking about you, Minnesota Vikings stinker Christian Ponder.

It’s left me asking the question, why not bring back Brett Favre?

I touched on it a week ago when the cockroach-esque Favre comeback news reared its ugly, annoying head.

Speaking to a the New Horizons Credit Union 1st and 10 Club in Mobile, Ala., Favre’s longtime agent Bus Cook got his client plenty of ink and air time by saying old No. 4 “could play today.”

But Cook swears Favre, who turns 44 a week from today, isn’t making a comeback.

“I saw him the other day,” Cook was quoted by Tommy Hicks of “He’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in, physically.

“His arms look like a blacksmith’s arms.”

A comeback for the Ole Gunslinger seems as far-fetched as someone referencing a blacksmith’s arms, but considering the current group of quarterbacks taking snaps with the Jets, Jaguars, Raiders, Buccaneers and Rams, maybe it’s not as crazy as Cook’s sales pitch seemed.

At least when Favre throws inexplicable interception after inexplicable interception, he shows some emotion, unlike the Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler.

“He rides a bike probably 30-50 miles a day,” Cook said about Favre to “He runs four or five miles a day. He’s coaching at the high school and they’re undefeated. He loves it. His body fat is 7.5 percent and he weighs 225 pounds. He could play today, better than a lot of them out there today.”

I agree with Cook, so why not see Favre back with the Jaguars? What about Tim Tebow? How about both?

We the media can only dream of that circus.

Now on to my picks, which each week will include a short analysis on the Packers’ and Lions’ games, plus the primetime games on NFL Network, NBC and ESPN. This week, I promise the rest of my picks will follow, unlike my oversight last week.

Week 5

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. Sunday, FOX

It’s been 21 years since the Lions last won at Lambeau Field, and while Detroit has ended its losing streak in our nation’s gridlocked capital this year, the pain will continue in Titletown for Lions’ fans. Packers 31, Lions 18

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns, 8:25 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network

Both the Bills and Browns have befuddled me through four weeks. They’ve combined to hand me six misses in eight games and I’ve gone 0-4 the last two weeks picking these two teams’ games. My brain says pick the Browns because they’re at home, so I’m going to go with the Bills instead. Bills 20, Browns 17

Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC

My faith in the Texans was rocked last week when Matt Schaub threw away the game against the Seattle Seahawks with a Pick-6. I can’t help but wonder if the rest of the team's faith rocked as well. 49ers 24, Texans 14

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders, 11:35 p.m. Sunday, NFL Network

How embarrassing is it for the Raiders and the NFL to still be playing games in Oakland on a baseball field? This game was pushed to 8:35 p.m. Pacific Time because the grounds crew needed more time to convert the stadium after Saturday’s Oakland A’s baseball playoff game. Chargers 23, Raiders 10

New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons, 8:40 p.m. Monday, ESPN

You can’t help but wonder what type of quarterback Mark Sanchez would have been had he landed with a less dysfunctional franchise. The best thing for Geno Smith may be to get cut and replaced by Favre to get a fresh start somewhere sane. Falcons 42, Jets 13.

Here’s the rest of my picks with winners in bold:

Ravens at Dolphins

Saints at Bears

Patriots at Bengals

Seahawks at Colts

Jaguars at Rams

Chiefs at Titans

Eagles at Giants

Panthers at Cardinals

Broncos at Cowboys

Last week: 8-7. Overall: 36-27.

Matt Wellens is Sports Editor of the Mining Journal. Check out his Armchair QB column every Thursday at and follow him on Twitter at Email him at



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Oak Grove assistant coach Brett Favre celebrates a touchdown as the Warriors take on Hattiesburg during a high school football game on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Hattiesburg Miss. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)